Mercedes Webb-Pullman: Born in Kaitaia, Northland, where she started school. She has a diploma in Creative Writing from Whitireia, 2009, and an MA in Creative Writing from the IIML Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, 2011. More than 400 of her poems and short stories have appeared online and in print in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, Spain, Germany, India, Patagonia and Palestine. She has published 10 books. After living in Australia and the United States, she now lives in Paraparaumu Beach, New Zealand.